Extraordinary Cakes

Today is such a special day, because I’m launching my first book, Extraordinary Cakes.

Extraordinary Cakes book cover

Inspired by my travels throughout the world, Extraordinary Cakes has 32 cake recipes that range from simple to challenging.  From start to finish, the book has been a 2-year journey to create, but it draws from some of the best cakes we’ve featured over the past 22 years at Extraordinary Desserts.  Having to choose which cakes to include was a challenge since I wanted to include some of our most popular as well as my personal favorites.


In addition to complete easy-to-follow directions on how to create Extraordinary cakes, many of the recipes include tips on how to use just components of the full recipe to
make more simplified desserts such as pound cakes and chocolate mousse, as well as how to decorate cakes and desserts with fresh flowers throughout the year, and how to make delicious sauces that also add beauty and the finishing touch to every plate.

Bora Bora

The book is published by Rizzoli and contains beautiful photographs by Ray
, which were styled with the help of my talented friends, Andre Jackson/Jack Price Design and Gail Baral.  My co-author is Christina Wright from New York, who has co-authored four dessert cookbooks and currently works with Jacques Torres as his business partner on new retail ventures.

New York, New York

The recipes in the book are arranged by season to take advantage of the freshest ingredients and inspire home bakers to celebrate with cake all year long.


Lemon Praline Torte

Toutes Fraises

Dame Chocolat

Ivoire Royale



Decadent Yogi

Marco Polo


Passion Fruit Ricotta Cake

Beau Soleil

Diamond Head

Chocolate Nirvana

Lemon Ricotta Cake

Strawberry Shortcakes


Bora Bora


Strawberry Poppy Seed Cake


Chocolate Tiramisu

New York, New York

Banana Cream Torte

Yuzu Tea Cakes


Blackberry Cheesecakes

Blood Orange Ricotta Cake



Holiday Yule Log

Raspberry White Chocolate Linzer Torte

Amor Chocolat

Love is Chocolate (Chocolate Bread Pudding)



Banana Cream Torte

I hope you enjoy trying the recipes for yourself, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our book signing events over the next few months.

To order the book and learn more details about our events, please visit our website or
follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest book and event news.

Thank you,


About Extraordinary Desserts

Over 20 years ago, Karen Krasne opened the first Extraordinary Desserts at 2929 5th Avenue near San Diego’s Balboa Park. Since then, Extraordinary Desserts has become one of San Diego’s most prominent dining establishments and has expanded to include a second location in San Diego’s Little Italy area at 1430 Union Street as well as a line of gourmet products and a robust online store. From the dazzling artistry and sublime taste of its award-winning sweets to the attentive customer service, Extraordinary Desserts has built a strong reputation for its decadent, gourmet dessert creations, elegant eats, and extraordinary experience. As a result, Extraordinary Desserts is consistently a top pick by critics and readers of both local and national publications. Owner and executive chef Karen Krasne studied at Paris’ best pastry schools. She uses only organic ingredients when possible, and adorns each luxurious dessert with locally-grown fresh flowers, her signature edible gold leaf, autumn leaves, and sinfully sweet sauces making her creations a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Extraordinary Desserts, Little Italy 1430 Union Street San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: (619) 294-7001 Extraordinary Desserts, Balboa Park 2929 Fifth Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 Phone: (619) 294-2132
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